If adopted, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed changes to federal guidance on colleges’ sexual assault policies would likely require Stanford to revise several key aspects of its Title IX system, according to an analysis by the University’s Office of Institutional Equity and Access.
The 24-page report, released Tuesday morning, is part of the University’s effort to track the success of its pilot Title IX process, effective since 2016.
The University has dismissed allegations made by seven former Stanford wrestlers against lecturer Hung Le for an ongoing practice of inappropriately staring at them while they were showering naked in a locker room.
On Wednesday, the Stanford Political Union (SPU) held its latest event aimed at putting differing views in dialogue, hosting two professors to discuss current issues with Stanford’s Title IX and other sexual violence policies.
If the loss of federal funds were not at stake, Stanford would ideally adopt the clear and convincing standard while pursuing other means to encourage sexual assault reporting that do not jeopardize the rights of the accused.
It is our hope that students and administrators will recognize that the rights of these two groups are interdependent, and that the preponderance of the evidence standard is harmful to everyone.